Local Group
The cluster of galaxies to which the Milky Way and a number of nearby galaxies belong.

The Local Group includes the Milky Way, the larger Andromeda Galaxy (M31), and more than two dozen smaller galaxies. Most of these are dwarf ellipticals, and the Local Group is considered to be a poor cluster.

Some Local Group Galaxies

Large Magellanic CloudDiameter: 30,000ly - Distance: 163,000ly
Small Magellanic CloudDiameter: 20,000ly - Distance: 190,000ly
NGC 6822Diameter: 15,000ly - Distance: 1,800,000ly
NGC 205Diameter: 11,000ly - Distance: 2,200,000ly
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Development Notes
Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 03 December 2001.